Nationwide the chronic deficit of foster homes results in children often moved far away from their communities, extended family, and schools. Muscogee County has this same deficit – there are approximately 500 children in care with only 120 foster home beds available. Additionally, siblings are split up, and older children are placed in group homes. With over 300,000 churches and 400,000 children needing homes nationwide, we know this crisis has a resolution. If each church raises up at least one foster family, together, we will significantly impact this pressing need.
The Response of the Church
to the Need
Clement Care, in partnership with Live the Promise, is a collaborative effort between churches that was established to grow the base of foster families and to support foster families with a local volunteer Care Community. Psalm 68:6 promises that “God sets the lonely into families.” We invite your church to join in “living the promise!”
Q: How can the Church be part of the solution?
A: If every church commits at least 1 family to fostering, every foster child will have a home.
Q: How does the Clement Care strategy work?
A: Clement Care equips churches, by training a foster care Advocate, to raise awareness in their congregations, point families toward foster care training and build volunteer Care Communities around their foster families.
Together, with churches, we will work toward a day when there are 4 or 5 foster families available for every child coming into foster care. The mission of placement will change from meeting basic needs for shelter to finding the best possible foster family for each child.
1. More and better foster homes
2. Sibling groups staying together
3. Children staying closer to home, hopefully even in the same school
4. Birth families living closer to their children
5. The tragic generational cycle that exists in foster care being broken
6. The Church increasingly known for its love and compassion
Join the movement. Become a Clement Care partner church by getting to know Clement Arts, signing a church partnership agreement, and sharing administrative costs via an annual fee. In return, we begin an effectual relationship that ensures your church addresses the crisis in foster care.
Identify a lay Advocate. The success of Clement Care depends on identifying a strong champion of foster care within your church who willl be trained and mentored by the Clement Care team.
Attend a “Live the Promise” Advocate Clinic. Advocates listen to the Live The Promise Pre-Clinic Webinar we send via email and then attend the weekend Church Advocate Clinic for training. Attend the October clinic in Columbus, GA.
Share the vision. Through announcements, videos, a sermon, and/or awareness events, extend the call to your congregation to care for vulnerable children.
Begin building a foster care ministry. With a trained Church Advocate, it’s just a matter of time until new foster families and volunteers are trained and ready to care for waiting children. Clement Care will assist you in forming a strong Advocate Team, forming Care Communities, seeing foster families be approved through great agencies, and walking with you as the foster care ministry within your church experiences growth.
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